The Authority of the Apostles’ Teachings, especially Paul

Are the teachings of the apostles and prophets as authoritative as what Jesus taught? What was the source of their message? Were the apostles, including Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit to receive Divine revelation? What were the qualifications of the office of apostle? Was Paul an eyewitness of the resurrection? What consequences follow if we reject or accept and obey what inspired men revealed? Did Jesus express more love and less rebuke and condemnation than the apostles? Did God approve and endorse what the apostles taught?

I believe the answers are an emphatic “yes.”

For more on the above, kindly see the following:
http://www.gospelway.com/bible/apostolic_teaching.php

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Was Rabbi Kaduri a prophet?

1 John 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Today at church a fellow believer told me, in tones of innocent wonder, about a man I’d never heard of called Rabbi Kaduri. Rabbi Kaduri was an orthodox Israeli who allegedly mentioned that Jesus is the Messiah shortly before his death. He also allegedly made many accurate predictions during his earthly life, including his prediction that the Messiah would be revealed soon after the death of Ariel Sharon. The question in my mind then became: was Rabbi Kaduri a true prophet? I had to do some digging to find out.

The article below has been reproduced from:

http://prophecyforum.com/yulish/signs.html

In it, Stephen Yulish contends, with biblical backing, that Rabbi Kaduri was deceived and a deceiver, helping to usher in the man of sin, the AntiChrist. I have felt lead to put this article online to warn fellow Christians about this deceiver, as too many seem to have uncritically accepted his teachings. Jesus warned us about being deceived in the end times, as we may end up serving not the Kingdom of God but that of the AntiChrist:

Matthew 24:3-13

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

One caveat before reading the article below: do not take this as a definite indication from me that the rapture of the church is imminent. We cannot possibly know this (didn’t the Lord warn us in Mark 13:32 that the Father alone knows when the end of the world will be?). Hence we should stay focussed on living faithful, righteous lives, helping to bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and avoiding being deceived.

KABBALISTIC RABBI DECEIVED ABOUT SIGNS OF THE ENDTIMES IN ISRAEL

A friend just sent me an article from Arutz Sheva, Israel National News, entitled “Kabbalist urges Jews to Israel ahead of impending disasters.” I was very tempted to just delete the article because of my disdain for anything to do with Jewish mystical lore (i.e. Kabbalah). From personal experience, I had found out that it is all demonic, but something inside me told me to read the article. After I had finished the article, I knew that it had been the Ruach Hakodesh, the Holy Spirit that had coaxed me to read what I did not want to read. What I found strengthened my belief that we are indeed in the last of days and that the people of Israel are being setup for the reign of the antichrist. May God have mercy on their souls.

On Tuesday night, September 13, Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri, a Rabbi steeped in Jewish kabbalistic, mystical lore told his yeshiva class (Jewish school) that Jews all over the world needed to return to Israel due to impending natural disasters which threatened to strike the world. I asked myself how he could know that this was going to happen. Was it because he used gematria (numerology) and other kabbalistic divinations, witchcraft, and demonic practices that the Lord called detestable to Him in Deuteronomy 18:10-12? Of course not, but Satan knows that his time is short (Revelation 12:12) and he will give people just enough knowledge to condemn them to hell with him for eternity.

We know from Scripture that the Jews will return to the land of Israel in the end of days (Isaiah 43:5-7). We know that the Church is about to taken up to be with Jesus in the clouds at the harpazo, the rapture (I Thess. 4:16-17, I Cor.15:52). We know that the man of lawlessness, the antichrist, will then be revealed (2 Thess.2:3-4) and will take his place in the rebuilt Temple and declare himself to be God. Rabbi Kaduri said that when the danger comes to Israel, the Temple will be rebuilt and the righteous Messiah will be revealed. Open your eyes people and see how Satan is using Rabbi Kadori to bring Jews back to Israel and to worship the soon to be revealed “unrighteous messiah”, the antichrist, in the rebuilt Temple.

We know that the Temple was destroyed in 70AD but that it is mentioned again in 2 Thess.2:4 where the antichrist takes his seat. What do the terms rebuilt Temple, “Messiah” and Israel all connote? Either the Millennial reign of Jesus (Revelation 20:4) or the three and half year reign of the false Messiah (Daniel 9:27), the antichrist?

Rabbi Kadori said that many dangers and disasters would come upon the earth. He is correct. After the rapture of the saints, the seven years of tribulation will begin which the prophet Jeremiah called the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7). During that time 2/3 of the Jews will perish (Zechariah 13:8) until the Messiah returns and “all Israel (the 1/3 left) will be saved (Romans 11:26).

Instead of Jews (unsaved) realizing that Yeshua (Jesus) is their Lord and Savior, not only are they going to be left at the rapture, but they are going to be misled and deceived once again to accept a false messiah as their savior and two thirds will die in the tribulation. Rabbi Kadori said that the great Rabbi Schneerson told him that he would live to see the coming of the messiah. He also said that the current government of Israel will be the last one of the old era. Sharon will the last PM. The new leadership will be that of the messianic era. If that is true, although it will be the antichrist false messiah, then our time here on earth is short. We soon will be taken into the clouds with Jesus. Look up brethren because your redemption draws nigh! (Luke 21:28).

Maranatha! Come quickly Lord Jesus!

Stephen M. Yulish, born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1947, received his BA from Case Western Reserve University in 1969, his MA in 1972, and his PhD in 1975 from the University of Illinois. His first book, The Search for a Civic Religion, was published in 1980. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson and then became a Jewish Community Professional in Phoenix. Currently disabled with Multiple Sclerosis, the author is co-leader of Chayim Chadashim Messianic Fellowship and is on the Board of Reference for Jewish Voice Prophetic Magazine. He lives in Flagstaff, AZ, with his wife Paula and daughter Andrea.

Is “name it claim it” teaching biblical?

Tonight I read a posting on Facebook that concerned me. The message seemed to be that if you want God’s blessings all you have to do is pray to Him with sufficient faith and you can “claim” them. This undermines the Word of God’s teachings that God is not a mere force to be manipulated if and when human beings see fit. He is a Person in His own right who answers prayer not merely in accordance with our wishes and needs (which can often be misguided and short-sighted) but in accordance with His will:

1 John 5:14
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

We know that God can be trusted completely, His heart is good and perfect:

Luke 18:19
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

So we know that even though circumstances may arise in our lifetimes that seem perplexing or challenging, God is able to work all things to the good for those who love Him. He alone has a birds-eye perspective on our lives and can make decisions that are in our best long-term interests:

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

This has certainly proven true in my own life as I, like many others, have battled circumstances that would surely have defeated me without strong faith in Christ. I have been sustained through loss of health and income, just to name a few trying situations that have come my way recently. God even kindly restored my relationship with other family members (which fractured when I first came to faith in 2004), resulting in them being more open and positive towards Christianity than they were previously.

For a more detailed exposition on the “name it and claim it” false doctrine, kindly see:

http://www.gotquestions.org/name-it-claim-it.html

Do vs Done: a Christian Response to Sikhism

Today whilst on my way to church I hailed a cab. The reason why? Public transport was disrupted on my train line so I had to return home without actually attending church in the end at all.

During the cab ride I chatted with the driver, who told me he was Sikh. He also told me he was curious about the Bible and wanted to read it in his own language. I realised the Lord was opening this man’s heart so I gave him a gospel tract (which he accepted with interest) and tried to encourage him to continue exploring Christianity. I felt hampered in my witnessing efforts, however, as I did not have a clear picture of what Sikhism is as a religious system. This article is an attempt to make up for that shortfall, in hopes that others who may also be needing further information may be helped.

Basically, Sikhism is like every other religion on the planet except for Bible-believing Christianity: performance based, an attempt by its adherents to earn their way to heaven. As Cary Schmidt’s handy eBook explains, there are just two religions in the world: DO and DONE. If you’re stuck on the former you are missing the central message of the Bible. We cannot earn our way to God. We must come to Him on His terms or not at all.

God wants more than cold religion. He wants a relationship. Cary’s little booklet “Done” is what most religions don’t tell you about the Bible. You are more than a body; you will live forever somewhere; and God is on a divine rescue mission to make sure your “forever” is safe with Him! If you enjoy being loved; if you enjoy gifts; if you care about where you will spend forever; and if you want to know the true message of the Bible, then you must read this book:

http://www.caryschmidt.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/done.pdf

Now for a Christian response to Sikhism, courtesy of http://www.4truth.net (see http://www.4truth.net/sikhism/):

SIKHISM

Name: Sikhism (pronounced “seek-ism”)

Founder and key figures: Nanak (1469-1539) and nine successive leaders (gurus) through 1708.

Origin: India, with greatest success in the Punjab region

Scriptures: Adi Granth (Guru Granth Sahib)

Adherents: Worldwide—est. 23 million; U.S.—est. 300,000; Canada—est. 280,000

Historical Background
Sikhism is a recent religion (15th century A.D.) and represents a syncretism of Hindu devotional elements and the monotheism of Islam. However, its adherents claim it constitutes a fresh religious start. Nanak believed God commissioned him to spread a new redemptive revelation to humanity-that all people should believe in the true God. Nanak and the other Sikh gurus taught the basic value of devotion, brotherhood, charity, obedience, patience, humility, and piety as the path to spirituality in life. Nanak’s followers called themselves Sikhs (disciples). Sikhism does not consider itself an active missionary religion because it accepts other religious traditions as valid.

Sikhs first came to North America in 1897 when Sikh soldiers from India serving in the British Army arrived in Canada. They came to the United States in 1908, when several immigrants from the Punjab region of India entered California. They built their first place of worship in 1912. Migrations since World War II have added to the Sikh population. In 1969, they built the largest Sikh temple in the world in Yuba City, Calif. Sikhs have established several organizational bodies in the United States, including the Sikh Council of North America, the chief instrument for coordinating Sikh work. One prominent branch of Sikhism in the United States is Sikh Dharma. Its head-Yogi Bhajan (b. 1929)-has been the major propagator of Sikh ideas in the United States.

Key Beliefs
God
Sikhism holds that God is one. There is no Trinity. He is Creator, sovereign, all-powerful, all-knowing, eternal. They believe God both transcends and indwells the universe. God is the abstract principle of truth and has never known an incarnation. Neither can He be defined. However, God is personal in that He can be loved and honored. Nanak called God the “true name” (Sat Nam) because he wanted to avoid any term implying God could be limited.

Christian Response: God is the only eternal being in the universe, and He is supreme. God has revealed Himself personally to humanity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The incarnation of Jesus Christ epitomizes God’s love for fallen humanity. Christianity affirms Jesus’ unique place as Savior and Lord of humanity (John 1:1- 14; 3:16).

Place of Humanity
Although humans are the highest order of creation, they are separated from God because of self-centeredness and willful ignorance of God. This separation is the source of all human misery and unhappiness. Consequently, people are bound up in the process known as transmigration of the soul-continual birth, death, and rebirth (reincarnation). Position in the next life is dependent on the law of karma, a notion that one’s thoughts, words, and deeds have a direct impact on future reincarnations. Current circumstances were determined by past behavior and current conduct will shape the next life. The goal of Sikhism is to break this cycle.

Christian Response: Human beings were created in the image of a loving God and are the crowning achievement of His creative acts. God endowed humanity with free choice, but people chose to disobey God and introduce sin into the race. The chief fault of humanity is rebellion against God. As a gift from God, human personality is sacred and unique; every person is of great value. There are no reincarnations, and people have only one life; afterward, all must stand before God’s judgment (Gen. 1:26-31; Ps. 8; John 3:16).

Salvation
The endless cycles of reincarnation are caused by selfish desire and ignorance of God, but they may be ended by renouncing self and becoming devoted to God. Consequently, the ultimate goal in life has a twofold aspect: liberation from continual birth and rebirth and union with God. Salvation is achieved through God’s grace, who reveals Himself and allows humans to meditate on His name and nature.

Christian Response: The future destiny of people is not determined by karma, but by acceptance or rejection of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Salvation is defined as being born again, or receiving the new birth (regeneration) through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. The afterlife is not union of the soul with God, but a resurrection of the body and conscious worship of the Lord forever with other believers (Eph. 2:1-10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 21:1-7).

Grace
Grace is understood as God’s kind recognition or notice of a person. This endowment of grace enables people to follow a path that will free them from karma and reincarnation. Full surrender to God’s will is most important for those who want to receive God’s grace, because grace comes when people eliminate self from their minds. The effects of grace include constant meditation on the repetition of God’s name and good works to other humans.

Christian Response: Grace refers to God’s redemptive love toward sinful humanity. Grace is unmerited on the part of humans. Grace is supremely represented in the person and work of Jesus Christ, who seeks to save sinners and maintains believers in proper relationship with Him (Eph. 2:8-9).

Witnessing to Sikhs
1. Establish positive and cordial relationships with Sikhs. Let them see Christ’s love in you. Give New Testaments to your new friends so that they may inquire further about your faith. Help them understand what they read.

2. Be aware of aspects of the Sikh religion that are similar to Christianity-for example: monotheism, need for relationship with God, and good works resulting from religious values. Lead them to God’s teachings about the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as Savior.

3. Be prepared to share your faith and God’s Word concerning the human predicament and God’s desire for humanity. The “Here’s Hope Roman Road” tract (see Rom. 3:23; 5:8; 6:23; 10:9,13; 12:1-2) is one witnessing tool that has been used effectively by many Christians.

4. Invite Sikhs to attend a Christian worship service, and explain what each part of the service signifies in relation to Christian theology. Clarify such terms as salvation, faith, new birth, and conversion.

5. Underscore the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as humanity’s Savior and as God’s perfect revelation of Himself.

Written by Don Dowless, Louisburg, N.C.

Bible doctrines affected by modern versions

Bible Doctrines Affected by Modern Versions

BIBLE DOCTRINES AFFECTED BY MODERN VERSIONS
By Paul L. Freeman
610 Race Street, Catasauqua, PA 18032

Introduction

The battle for the Word of God is going on today as it always has. The work of the Evil One himself has ever been to cause men to doubt the Word (Gen. 3:1), to corrupt the Word (2 Cor. 2:17), and to misquote the Word (Luke 4:10,11). There are many Modern Versions on the scene today all claiming to be more accurate or more readable renderings of the Word of God. Most of these versions follow the MINORITY Greek Text even though that text exhibits a corruption throughout. The King James Version was translated from the MAJORITY Greek Text which agrees with about 95% of all available manuscripts. The MAJORITY Greek Text can be traced back to the Peshitta (Syriac Version) about 150 A.D.

Many Christian Colleges and Universities have switched over to the MINORITY Greek Text (known as Westcott and Hort or Nestle and Aland) for the classroom while still using the King James Version in public preaching. Since there are over 5,000 differences between the MAJORITY and MINORITY texts a problem immediately faces the student. The King James Version he brings to the classroom is subjected to constant editing by the teacher who is using a Greek Text different from the one the King James Version was translated from. The student is well aware that God did not inspire two different Bibles. He must make a choice and for the sake of harmony or teacher satisfaction he will usually accept his King James Version minus the MINORITY Text corrections as the Word of God. Should there be an area where agreement cannot be reached he is told to decide on the proper rendering by exercising his spiritual discernment. The schools that are following this double standard will admit that when the King James Version is no longer needed for Public Relations they will make the complete change to the New American Standard or the New International Version. These two are seen to follow the MINORITY Greek Text.

Those who want to replace our King James Version with new Modern Versions are constantly stating that no Bible Doctrines are affected by the changes. One school recently published an article by one of its’ teachers in which he said that, “BOTH TEXTS ARE THE WORD OF GOD.” It is difficult to understand how two texts differing in over 5,000 places can both be the Word of God. It only serves to show the absolute desperation on the part of the MINORITY Text champions to defend their indefensible position. The purpose of this volume is to show the changes made by the MINORITY text and how they affect the Bible Doctrines which Christians have always believed. Though I do not consider any change in the Word of God to be unimportant, I have singled out the most glaring examples. A careful reading will show that the Fundamental Doctrines of the Christian faith have been affected many times.

Are we to believe the scholars when they tell us that no important doctrines are affected by the new Modern Versions? It is obvious that they are not correct. What they really mean to say is that when all the changes have been made the Bible Doctrines are still there somewhere else in the Bible. If there are ten verses showing the Virgin Birth of Christ, and they have removed two, there are still eight remaining to prove the doctrine. That may satisfy them, but the Fundamental believer sees that as a piece by piece destruction of the Word of God.

We would accuse them of taking away from the Word of God. They would accuse us of using a Bible which has many additions inserted by overzealous Christian copyists. The issue now becomes quite clear. We must either believe that overzealous heretics have corrupted the original Word of God or believe that overzealous believers have added to the original Word of God. I can understand why heretics would want to corrupt the original Word of God, but I cannot believe that Christians would add one word to the Word of God which they have been entrusted to copy and pass along. The Spirit of God within Christians would put a holy awe and reverence around the sacred word and guided by that same Spirit they would copy what God had given them. My conclusion is that the new Modern Versions are based on Greek manuscripts that have been corrupted by heretics who changed the Word of God to agree with their rejection of the Deity of Christ and their Humanism regarding salvation. The Greek Text underlying the King James Version is not filled with additions made by overzealous Christians. It is the Word of God preserved by the Spirit of God and it exalts the Lord Jesus Christ, giving him his proper place and the glory due unto his name.

THE CHANGES IN THEIR PROPER NEW TESTAMENT ORDER ARE NOW LISTED:

MATTHEW

1:25 “her firstborn” is omitted. That Jesus was her firstborn indicates that Mary and Joseph had sexual relations after the birth of Jesus and that others were born of her. The omission here seeks to add credence to the false doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church concerning the perpetual virginity of Mary. The Bible is clear that Jesus had brothers and sisters.

5:22 “without a cause” is removed. In the Sermon on the Mount the Lord warned of judgment for those who were angry with a brother without a cause. Should this change be accepted everyone who is angry with his brother may be judged. The effect is to bring Jesus into judgment for failing to observe his own words (see Mark 3:5). Such is contrary to the doctrine of the sinlessness of Christ.

6:4, 6, 18 “openly” is out. It is a Bible Doctrine that Christian work done unnoticed for the glory of the Lord will one day be rewarded openly (Col. 3:4).

6:13 “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen” is deleted. This ascription of praise to “Our Father” is found in 491 out of 500 existing manuscripts. This statement was made a century ago by Dean John Burgon.

8:29 “Jesus” is left out. The demons bore witness to the fact that Jesus was the Son of God. It was an identification of Jesus (in humanity) as the Son of God (in Deity). It affects the doctrine of the Person of Christ.

9:8 “marvelled” is changed to “were afraid.” There is no reason to believe that the people were afraid because Jesus healed the sick of the palsy. There is every reason for them to marvel at the miracle.

9:13 “to repentance” is left out. The Bible doctrine of repentance is one that men would like to do away with. God requires that in order to be saved one must truly repent (Acts 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9). The word means “a change of mind” and there must be that concerning God, sin and salvation. Men think that sin does not really separate them from God–they must change their mind about that. Men think that salvation is by works–they must change their mind about that. There is nothing more evident today than the absence of repentance among those who are professing to be converted.

15:8 “draweth nigh unto me with their mouth” is left out. According to Isaiah 29:13 it belongs in because Isaiah prophesied of these hypocrites exactly that way.

16:2,3 “When it is evening … the signs of the times” is all omitted. The Pharisees and Sadducees came looking for a sign and the signs were all around them. Jesus called them hypocrites because they could not tell the signs of the times.

17:21 Whole verse is left out. Power with God is to be had by prayer and fasting. That is a fundamental truth of the Word of God.

18:2 “Jesus” is left out. This is done many times by the corrupt Greek Text of Westcott and Hort. I have not chosen to remark about each instance because it would add many pages to this work. The MAJORITY Text continuously places the word “Jesus” in the narrative with the definite article preceding it. Thus it places him in the center of things and in command. It is doctrinally unsound for such prominence to be discarded for the word “he.”

18:11 The whole verse is omitted. This verse tells us that man is lost, that he needs to be saved, and that the Son of man is the one who can do that. The doctrine of salvation through Jesus Christ is affected by this change.

18:15 “against thee” is omitted. This omission sets us up as watchdogs over others and if one sins we are to go and tell him. Such is not the teaching of Scripture. Were we to declare every sin we would be constantly busy (bodies) judging the actions and motives of everyone. This change is a very bad error.

18:35 “their trespasses” is omitted. Same thought as mentioned in 18:15.

19:9 “and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery” is removed. This is a very important doctrinal change which concerns divorce and remarriage. A man who divorces his wife and remarries commits adultery, and also the man who marries the divorced wife commits adultery.

19:16,17 “Good” before Master is omitted. In addition to that, the phrase “Why callest thou me good?” is changed to “Why askest thou me concerning the good?” Good Master is correct and Jesus responded to show the young man that only one was good and that one was God. The conclusion should have been obvious. Since Jesus was good he was necessarily God. The omission and change destroys the intended testimony to the Deity of Christ.

20:16 “for many be called, but few chosen” is left out. The Lord would have us know that many are called to inherit eternal life, but few are chosen by virtue of believing in Christ. It is a Bible doctrine that God wants all men to be saved but few will come to Christ for salvation.

21:12 “of God” is out. Jesus, who was God in the flesh, came to his own temple and said, “My house shall be called the house of prayer.” It was the temple of God and the God of the temple was there.

22:30 “of God” is removed. There are good angels and fallen angels. The believers, in the resurrection, will be like the good angels “of God” who alone are in heaven.

23:8 “Master” is changed to “teacher.” There are many teachers but only one master. The change here takes away the pre- eminence that God intends for his Son.

25:13 “wherein the Son of man cometh” is omitted. The warning to watch is tied to the imminent return of the Lord. The omission here does away with the doctrine of the Lord’s second advent.

26:28 “new” is dropped before testament. The apostle Paul tells us that Jesus said, “this cup is the NEW testament in my blood.” The change here is intended to corrupt the Word of God and to confuse Christians.

27:35 “that it might be fulfilled … did they cast lots” is all omitted. It is very important in Matthew’s gospel, where Jesus is portrayed as the King of Israel, to show that he is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies. Here the parting of his garments and casting lots is the fulfillment of Psalm 22:18 which portrays the crucifixion of Christ. To omit this is to show the intended corruption of the Word of God by the textual critics.

28:6 “the Lord” is omitted. The very reverent angels said, “see the place where the Lord lay.” They would not say, “see the place where he lay.” The constant attempt to humanize Jesus and take away from his Deity does not endear the Westcott and Hort Greek Text to believers.

MARK

1:1 “the Son of God” is left out. These words present Jesus Christ as Deity. Such an omission is a direct attack on the person of Christ and is without doubt a doctrinal error.

1:31 “immediately” is dropped. The descriptive word tells us when the fever left her and therefore provides us with a miracle. The word left out denies the miracle and thus the one who performed it.

2:17 “to repentance” is left out. See comments on Matt. 9:13.

3:15 “to heal sicknesses” is omitted. Jesus gave them authority to heal diseases as well as to cast out demons. Sickness is the result of sin (Adam’s) and the only one who has authority to eliminate it is the one who would die for sin. On the basis of his approaching death for sin on Calvary he could say, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee” and “Rise up and walk.”

4:24 “and unto you that hear shall more be given” is left out. It is a Bible teaching that those who seek truth from the Lord shall be given more truth (see John 7:17).

5:36 “as soon” is dropped. The word in the Greek is “immediately.” The word immediately is constantly dropped by the Revisers of 1881. It is a key word in Mark which is the Gospel of the Servant of the Lord who came “not to be ministered unto, but to minister.” When Jairus was told that his daughter was dead and that he should not trouble Jesus further, the Lord “immediately” encouraged him to believe.

6:11 “Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city” is removed from the text. This passage emphasizes the great degree of responsibility that was upon those cities who heard the Lord’s apostles as they preached repentance and worked miracles before them. Sodom and Gomorrah did not have such light, yet they are still suffering the eternal wrath of God (see Jude 7 where “suffering” is in the present tense). How much more the judgment of America today where people sit in an abundance of complete revelation from God and choose to remain in darkness.

7:8 “as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do” is omitted. The Lord not only condemns the Pharisees for traditions of men, but he names them. There are traditions of men today which are sending people to Hell and preachers need to name them. It is doctrinally unsound to let men go on in traditions and not expose them.

9:23 “if thou canst believe” is dropped. The father had said to Jesus, “if thou canst do anything.” To this lack of faith Jesus answered, “if thou canst believe.” It was at once a rebuke and an encouragement to have faith in him. The father’s answer in the next verse is beautiful but the Revisers ruined that also. They omitted “with tears, Lord” from the most precious answer as recorded by the Spirit of God.

9:45 “into the fire that never shall be quenched” is dropped. The character and duration of Hell is described here and the doctrine of eternal retribution is affected by this change.

9:47 “fire” is omitted. The words are inspired and in complete agreement with Rev. 20:15. The consignment of the lost to the lake of fire is a Bible doctrine.

10:21 “take up the cross” is left out. The word to the young man was to divest himself of the riches in which he trusted, consider himself dead to the world, and follow Christ into eternal life. There are many who will let go of riches and seek to emulate some of Christ’s teachings, but the way of the cross they refuse. The cross for Christ and for believers is Fundamental in Christian doctrine.

10:24 “for them that trust in riches” is left out. This is a very glaring doctrinal error. It is not hard to enter into the kingdom of God (salvation is a free gift through faith in Jesus Christ) but it is hard for those who trust in riches to trust Christ alone for salvation. Their God is their wealth and it is no more compatible with Christ than Dagon was with the Ark of God (see 1 Sam. 5:1-5).

11:26 The whole verse is removed. It is a Bible doctrine that if we regard iniquity in our heart the Lord will not hear us. Answered prayer and clean vessels go together. When I confess my sins and ask God for favor he requires that my confession of sin include forgiveness of those who have sinned against me. If I refuse to forgive others it becomes sin to me (see Eph. 4:32).

13:14 “spoken of by Daniel the prophet” is dropped. Without the reference to Daniel the appeal to understand is without force. Though some might connect it in their thoughts because they are familiar with Scripture, it does not follow that he is referring to Daniel. The reference to Daniel by the Lord also authenticates his writing as inspired Scriptures.

14:22 “eat” is dropped. Our Lord did not give them a relic from the Last Supper to take home and cherish. He gave them broken bread to eat which (when observed) would always remind them of his body which was broken for them.

15:28 The whole verse is left out. Jesus was crucified between two thieves in fulfillment of Isaiah 53:12. It is doctrinal error to eliminate clear statements concerning the fulfilling of prophecy (see Luke 24:27).

16:9-20 Twelve verses are omitted. These verses are found in every known manuscript but two (the oldest of those two leaves a blank space where it belongs). They are found in all the Versions, quoted by the church fathers, and seen in the lectionaries of the church. There are many doctrines affected by the omission of these twelve verses. The resurrection of Christ is deleted. The great commission, baptism, eternal damnation and His ascension into Heaven are all taken out of the Word of God. Certainly the gospel does not end with “they were afraid.” Some say the ending has been lost (see Dr. Ryrie’s Study Bible) but that destroys the Bible Doctrine that God preserves His Word (see 1 Peter 1:23-25). The evidence is clear that these verses are original and to cut them out is to affect many doctrines of the Christian faith.

LUKE

1:28 “blessed art thou among women” is omitted. There were many virgins in Israel at the time, but God chose Mary. The Son that she bore would be her Saviour from sin. The Roman Catholic doctrine of the immaculate conception of Mary (concerning her birth) is nothing but pagan fiction. Mary was blessed AMONG women, but not ABOVE women. The worship of Mary is contrary to Scripture. This omission is designed to lift her above others and eventually deify her.

2:14 “peace, good will toward men” is changed to “peace among men of good will.” The first talks of the birth of Christ as bringing God’s peace and good will (reconciliation) to men. Faith in the death of Christ for our sins brings justification and peace with God. The change offers God’s peace to men who are good. That is doctrinally unsound since there is none good.

2:33 “Joseph and his mother” is changed to “his father and mother.” The Spirit of God is very careful to show that our Lord Jesus Christ was born of a virgin and that he did not have a human father who begat him. The change casts doubt upon the doctrine of the virgin birth of Christ as the “seed of the woman.” Later, when Mary refers to Joseph as “thy father,” Jesus answers with, “wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business,” meaning that God was his father (see 2:48,49).

2:40 “in spirit” is left out. That the child grew and waxed strong in spirit (meaning that he was spiritually strong) is evident from verse 47. It is unlikely that the Spirit of God wanted us to see how strong Jesus was with reference to his physique.

2:43 “and Joseph and his mother knew not of it” is changed to “and his parents were unaware of it.” The first retains the teachings of the virgin birth, the second discards it. The virgin birth is a Fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith and the MAJORITY Text upholds it. Let us not hear of supposed overzealous copyists but rather let us beware of overzealous heretics who would deny the fundamentals of the faith.

4:4 “but by every Word of God” is dropped. Many are willing to agree that bread alone cannot satisfy man, but few are willing to live by every word of God. This quotation is from Deut. 8:3 where the omitted words are found. The same one who said, “Yea, hath God said?” is the author of this omission. The Revisers could not leave this passage in because they have changed “every word of God” in over 5,000 places in the New Testament. Satan does not mind if we read the Bible as long as we have a Swiss cheese Bible (full of holes). Holes in the Word cause doubts in the Word, doubts cause faith to be lost, and without faith it is impossible to please him.

4:8 “Get thee behind me, Satan” is omitted. The devil had tempted Jesus to bypass the cross and receive the kingdom over the world. Jesus, whose face was set as a flint to go to the cross, refused to worship him.

6:10 “whole as the other” is left out. These words tell us that not only was his hand restored to use but it was whole as the other. The completeness of the miracle is attested to by these words.

9:54 “even as Elias did” is omitted. Apart from this word they had no precedent for doing such a thing.

9:55, 56 “and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” is omitted. In reply to the disciples who thought that they could call down fire from heaven, Jesus told them that he came to save men. This passage is consistent with John 3:17, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

11:2-4 “Our … which art in heaven” is deleted along with “Thy will be done as in heaven, so in earth” and “but deliver us from evil.” Only corrupt manuscripts can produce so many departures from the disciples prayer which is found without deletions in Matt. 6:9-13.

14:5 The word “ass” is changed to “son.” The use of “son” is too much for the comparison the Lord is making. Only a slavish loyalty to a corrupt Greek text can produce such a foolish change.

22:31 “And the Lord said” is dropped. The Lord Jesus was God and as such he was omnipresent and omniscient. He was present when Satan came before God and asked permission to try Peter’s faith. He had prayed to the Father, as Peter’s intercessor, that his faith would not fail. It was the Lord who knew all of this and warned Peter specifically.

22:64 “they struck him on the face” is dropped. It is error to minimize the sufferings of Christ. His facial appearance was marred more than any man (see Isaiah 52:14 and 53:5).

23:23 “and of the chief priests” is omitted. The Lord was careful to let us know that the religious priests were involved in the rejection of Christ. Those who call themselves priests today do likewise.

23:42 “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom” is changed to “Then he said, Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.” The confession that Jesus is Lord is doctrinally correct because it is required for salvation (see Rom. 10:913).

23:45 “the sun was darkened” is changed to “the sun was eclipsed.” The Greek word in the corrupt Greek Text is EKLIPONTOS from which we derive the word ECLIPSE. An eclipse is caused by the natural occurrence of the moon passing between the sun and the earth and usually lasts for about 3-5 minutes. The sun being darkened for three hours was a miracle of God and will be repeated again prior to the Lord’s return to earth (see Matt. 24:29) Many modern versions try to hide the Greek word they are using to translate from the corrupt Greek text by using words like: obscured (NASV), faded (AMPLIFIED), stopped shining (NIV), failed (NEW WORLD), but some honestly translate the word “eclipse” (20th CENTURY, MOFFAT, NEB, PHILLIPS). Humanism would try to find some way to explain away the miracles of God’s Word lest they be forced to accept it as the revelation from God concerning salvation.

24:36 “and saith unto them. Peace be unto you” is omitted. Jesus had said to them, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27). He was now risen from the dead and in their midst to guarantee that peace to them. One of the greatest benefits of our salvation is to have peace with God (Rom. 5:1) and the peace of God ruling in our hearts (Phil. 4:7).

24:40 The whole verse is omitted. The bodily resurrection of Christ is proven here as he showed them his hands and his feet. The omission affects Bible doctrine very much.

24:51 “and carried up into heaven” is left out. The bodily ascension of Christ into heaven is a Bible doctrine that is denied here. It leaves the Lord parted from them but does not tell us where he went. The Revisers removed the doctrine and left the Word in a poor state of disarray. Acts 1:1, 2 tells us that the “former treatise” (Luke) ended with Jesus being “taken up.” That ought to be sufficient to show the Revisers are wrong.

24:52 “And … worshipped him” is omitted by the NASV. The MAJORITY Text says, “And they having worshipped him returned to Jerusalem with great joy.” The picture we have is of our Lord receiving their worship because he is God (see 4:8 where worship is to be to God only) and then before their very eyes ascending into heaven. It is a Bible doctrine that we are to worship Jesus and the omission by the NASV is a clear denial of that doctrine.

JOHN

1:18 “the only begotten Son” is changed to “The only begotten God.” Such a phrase is foreign to Scripture. It accommodates the Arian teaching that Christ was a lesser deity created by God. It agrees with the teaching of Origen that Christ was not equal with God in essence and nature. Sound Fundamental doctrine concerning Christ is that he is one person of the Triune God and that he proceeds from the Father by an eternal generation and reveals God to men as the Son of God.

1:27 “He it is … who is preferred before me” is removed. This change removes the pre-eminence and pre-existence of Christ. John wanted us to see that though Christ came after him, he in reality preceded and ranked above him.

3:13 “which is in heaven” is omitted. This change affects the doctrine of the omnipresence of Christ. As man he was here on earth, as God he was able to be everywhere present. The omission is a corruption introduced by those who do not believe in the perfect and absolute Deity of Christ.

3:15 “should not perish” is removed. This deletion removes the opposite of everlasting life, which is to perish. The doctrine of eternal damnation is weakened by the change.

3:16 “his only begotten Son” is changed to “the only begotten Son.” The word HIS marks Jesus Christ out as God’s own peculiar son in a relationship that no one else has. It marks him as of the same essence and nature. The Deity of Christ is involved and is thereby weakened (3:17 also changed).

4:42 “the Christ” is left out. The purpose of John’s gospel as given in 20:31 was to lead people to believe that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God. That belief was to bring life to them. To omit it here is to deny the purpose of the inspired writer.

5:3b, 4 The statement regarding the moving of the water by an angel and subsequent miraculous healing is removed. Should this deletion be permitted there would be no sense to verse 7 since that verse presupposes 5:3b, 4. This is an effort to remove the miraculous from the Bible and thus accommodate humanism.

5:16 “and sought to slay him” is omitted. The Scripture teaches us that on many occasions they tried to kill Jesus but by supernatural power were kept from doing so (see John 18:6). He was omnipotent and there was no way they could take him until his hour was come.

6:47 “on me” is left out. The object of faith has been removed here. Everlasting life does not come to those who believe, but to those who believe on Christ. This is doctrinal error of the gravest sort and has been carried over into the NASV and NIV.

7:8 The little word “yet” is dropped and the result is that the Lord appears to lie to his brothers, since he did go up to the feast. There is a world of difference between “I go not up YET” and “I go not up.” The sinlessness of Christ is an indispensable doctrine of the Christian faith and lying is sin.

7:53-8:11 The whole story of the woman taken in adultery is omitted. This is one of the most blessed portions of the Word of God. It is intended by God through the inspired writer to amplify what came before in 3:17. The law was given by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (1:17).

8:38 The words “my Father” and “your father” are intended to show the difference between his father and their father, who was Satan. By removing the word “my” and “your” there is a deliberate attempt to remove the offence and cater to the false dream of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man.

8:39 “If ye were Abraham’s children” is changed to “if ye are Abraham’s children.” The Lord intended them to see that they were not Abraham’s children at all. The change gives us to see that they were Abraham’s children and therefore they ought to act like it. This is pure humanism and contrary to sound doctrine.

9:4 “I must work the works of him that sent me” is changed to “We must work the works of him that sent us.” The uniqueness of Christ as the Sent One of the Father is destroyed and he is placed equally with the disciples as sent from God to do the work of God. This is an attack on the Person and Work of Christ and it exalts humanism. Jesus was sent by the Father and the disciples were sent by Jesus, “as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”

9:35 “the Son of God” is changed to “the Son of man.” The thing to be believed in John’s gospel is that Jesus is the Son of God (20:31). The change by the minority texts is not warranted.

10:38 “that ye may know, and believe” is changed to “that ye may know, and understand.” The union of Christ and the Father within the Godhead is that which we are to believe and rely upon for the certainty of our salvation. To understand the union is beyond human comprehension and if it could be understood, that would still not be the equivalent of salvation.

11:41 “where the dead was laid” is removed. God intends that we should know that this was the very same place where Lazarus was laid. This is an attempt to cloud the evident miracle which followed. (see also 12:2 where “which had been dead” is also removed).

ACTS

Title “of the Holy Apostles” is deleted. To leave us with “ACTS” means nothing. That the Apostles were sanctified (holy) by the Lord Jesus and sent forth as his sent ones is evident from John 17:1719. The title in the MAJORITY Text is doctrinally correct.

2:30 “according to the flesh he would raise up Christ” is omitted. It was not just that one of David’s descendants would sit upon the throne, but that his greater Son would be raised from the dead in a body of flesh.

2:31 “his soul” is omitted. The body of Christ was in the tomb but his soul went down into Hades (Hell), the place of departed spirits. The teaching of the Bible is that our Lord had a body, soul and spirit.

2:47 “to the church” is left out. Believers are added to the Church which is Christ’s body. The Church is an organism, and when persecutors touched the Church they touched Christ (see 9:5).

3:21 “all” is dropped in front of “his holy prophets.” God has spoken of the Kingdom age by the mouth of ALL his prophets since the world began. In harmony with this Jesus spoke to the two on the road to Emmaus about himself from “all the prophets” (see Luke 24:27). There are others in the world who claim to be prophets but they do not speak of Jesus and his kingdom, therefore they are not of God.

3:26 “Jesus” is dropped. The specific name leaves no doubt as to whom God raised up from the dead to offer again the kingdom to Israel.

4:24 “thou art God” is changed to “thou art he who.” There is no reason to accept MINORITY manuscripts when they want to change “God” to “he who” (see 1 Tim. 3:16).

6:3 The word “Holy” is dropped. When God led the Church to choose deacons he made it clear that they should be controlled by the Holy Spirit. Many churches since have appointed men who had a lot of spirit and were full of enthusiasm, but that is not the same as being full of the “Holy Ghost.” Godly living is required of deacons and it is contrary to sound doctrine to leave out “Holy.” The Greek word for spirit can refer to man’s spirit or God’s spirit and lest we should err here God inserted the word “Holy” before spirit.

6:8 “faith” is changed to “grace.” The Bible does not teach that Christians are full of grace but rather that they receive grace. The only one who was “full of grace” was our Lord Jesus Christ (see John 1:14). The measure of faith is given to every believer to profit thereby.

7:30 “of the Lord” is omitted. It was not just an angel that appeared to Moses at the burning bush, it was an angel of Jehovah (the Lord). This was an Old Testament appearance of the eternal Son of God in angelic form. In plain words it was the Lord who appeared to Moses (see Exodus 3:1-5).

7:37 “The Lord your” and “him shall ye hear” are omitted. This is contrary to the original quotation as found in Deut. 18:15. In Stephen’s sermon the “him shall ye hear” is most important since those who refuse Christ’s words will be judged by God.

8:18 “Holy” is dropped. Four times here in four verses the Holy Ghost is mentioned. To drop the word Holy in one out of the four times is to create confusion and doubt concerning the Word of God.

8:37 The whole verse is omitted. This leaves the question of the Ethiopian eunuch unanswered. Philip’s answer is correct in that belief must be from the heart prior to baptism. The eunuch’s confession of faith is in exact agreement with what is required for salvation as given in John 20:31. Souls have been led to Christ with this verse of Scripture and it is doctrinally unsound to remove it.

9:5,6 “it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him” is all omitted. This passage gives us a picture of Saul resisting the Spirit of God as he was under conviction. Saul’s response is to submit to the Lord’s direction, having been humbled before the Lord. Without Saul’s “what wilt thou have me to do?” there could be no “arise and go.”

9:29 “Jesus” is left out. The reason the Jews went about to slay Saul was not because he spake boldly in the name of the Lord, but because he spoke of the Lord Jesus. As we well know in this day of Modernism there is a great difference.

10:6 “he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do” is left out. The would- be correctors of the MAJORITY Text would have us believe that Cornelius was already saved and that it would be good for him to have fellowship with Peter. The truth is that Cornelius was not saved (see 11:14) and that there was something which he had to do. He must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ or he would be lost and go to Hell.

10:30 “fasting” is left out. Fasting, to find the will of God, is a Biblical doctrine. Though it is little used today, especially since we have the completed Word of God, it was evident in the New Testament apostolic times.

10:32 “who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee” is omitted. See above comments under 10:6.

15:24 “Ye must be circumcised and keep the law” is left out. This is exactly the reason why the Jerusalem council was called or convened. There is no doubt that the reply to the Gentile converts made mention of the all important question.

16:31 “Christ” is omitted. The word speaks of the Deity of Christ. It pointed the Philippian jailer to the God he must believe in for salvation.

18:5 “was pressed in the Spirit” is changed to “was engrossed with the word.” When Paul was teaching he was always engrossed with the Word. In Corinth Paul had been laying the groundwork at the synagogue concerning what the Scriptures had to say about their Messiah (Christ). When Silas and Timothy came, Paul was under compulsion to show that Jesus was the Christ.

19:10 “Jesus” is left out. For the heathen to hear about the Lord is not enough. They must hear that Jesus is that Lord.

20:28 “of God” is changed to “of the Lord.” The word lord is sometimes used of men and sometimes of God. Therefore, the change does not affirm the Deity of Christ. Our Authorized King James Version shows that God purchased the church with his own blood. This establishes the Deity of Christ irrefutably.

21:25 “they observe no such thing, save only that” is omitted. The Gentiles had been told that they did not have to observe the law of Moses nor circumcise their children (see Acts 15:23-29). James was in error when he sought to keep the Jews obedient to the Law after he had written to the Gentiles that they were not under it. The omission here leaves one with the impression that the Law was optional for the Gentiles and possibly preferable. Tampering with God’s Word always leaves the door open for doctrinal error.

26:28 “almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian” is changed to “do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” King Agrippa was “almost persuaded” and he was in possession of the truth concerning salvation. The change would have us believe that he needed more information and perhaps Paul was too quick to expect a decision.

ROMANS

1:16 “of Christ” is omitted. The gospel message is of Christ and centers around his Person and Work. This is an inexcusable attempt to leave Christ out of the good news of salvation.

3:22 “and upon all” is dropped. The doctrine of imputed righteousness is most blessed to the believer. We are clothed in his righteousness and God sees us in Him, therefore it is “upon us.”

8:1 “Who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” is dropped. To the truth that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ, the Word adds the truth that they are characterized by a walk in the Spirit. It is a Bible doctrine that those who are saved are characterized by a changed life.

11:6 “But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” is dropped. The first part of the verse shows that grace rules out works. The second part of the verse shows that works rules out grace. It is intended for those who want to intrude works into the established state of grace for good measure (or safekeeping in salvation). This is a very important doctrinal passage in its’ entirety.

13:9 “thou shalt not bear false witness” is dropped. Those who wrote the corrupt manuscripts had no trouble with the other commandments shown here. It is obvious that a smiting conscience would not permit them to include this commandment since it directly involved what they were engaged in, bearing false witness about God’s Word.

14:9 “and rose” is left out. Many heretics are willing to say that he died and that he lives again, but that he rose (bodily out from among the dead) they reject outright. The bodily resurrection of Christ is a cardinal doctrine of the Christian faith.

1 CORINTHIANS

2:4 “man’s wisdom” is changed to “wisdom.” Paul did not reject wisdom in his teaching, he rejected MAN’S wisdom.

3:4 “are ye not carnal?” is changed to “are ye not men?” It should be obvious that they were men, but the Bible truth to be taught was that in their divisions they were being controlled by fleshly (carnal) desires and not spiritual desires.

5:7 “for us” is omitted. This affects the vital doctrine of the substitutionary atonement of Christ. If Christ did not die for our sins then we are still under the wrath of God and without hope.

5:12 The little word “also” is dropped. That word indicated that Paul did judge those who were within the church. Those who were outside the church were for God to judge. The responsibility for believers to carry out discipline within the church is a Bible doctrine.

6:4 “set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church” is changed to “do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the church?” The Word of God teaches that it is better to suffer wrong than to go to court against another Christian before a lost world. It is better to leave the judgment of the matter to the least Christian than to the greatest worldly judge. The change here completely turns around the way of God and seems to rebuke the church for leaving the matter in the hands of the least Christians.

6:20 “and in your spirit which are God’s” is omitted. The body gives us world consciousness and the spirit gives us God consciousness. We are to glorify God in our body by holy living and in our spirit by walking in fellowship with God. Verses 16 and 17 talk about both.

10:9 “Christ” is changed to “Lord.” In the Old Testament they tempted Christ and that rock that followed them was Christ (see verse 4). The word Lord can be used of the Father and the Son. Changing to that word here eliminates the pre-existence of Christ.

11:24 “take eat” is omitted along with “is broken.” The symbolic bread was broken and given to the disciples with instruction to eat it. It typified his flesh which “is being broken for you” (literal Greek). Though not a bone of him was broken it is true that his flesh was broken in many places before he died on our behalf.

11:29 “unworthily” is dropped. The word gives the picture of a believer treating the Lord’s Supper as a common meal, not reverencing the symbolic meaning and spiritual impact it is intended to make upon his soul and spirit. To remove this word is a very great doctrinal error. When you consider that sickness and death was the result of such unworthy participation, it is no light matter.

11:29 “not discerning the Lord’s body” is changed to “if he does not judge the body rightly” (NASV). When we partake of the Lord’s Supper we are to see through the elements to the Lord’s body. As you think of the cost of your redemption there ought to be more holy living. The change brings absolute confusion concerning what body is meant, the Lord’s or the believers. It is hallowed ground and the corrupters of God’s Word have dared to tread upon it.

15:47 “the Lord” is left out. God is contrasting Adam and Christ. To say that the second man is from heaven is not enough. There have been men from heaven who were angels. Here the man from heaven is the Lord. This is an attempt to do away with the Deity of Christ.

15:49 “we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” is changed to “we should bear the image of the heavenly.” The first is a fact based upon the certainty of our eternal salvation in Christ. The second is an exhortation based upon the uncertainty of a salvation by works. The first is sound doctrine, the second is unsound doctrine.

16:22 “Jesus Christ” is omitted. In a phrase with such import as to be accursed it is unthinkable that the test should center around the general term “Lord.” The curse of God is upon those who do not love the Lord Jesus Christ. When his person and work is refused there is nothing to look for but wrath.

2 CORINTHIANS

4:4 “unto them” is omitted. The devil does not have power to keep the light of the gospel of Christ from shining, but he does have power to blind men lest it shine “unto them.”

5:17 “all things” is left out. The believer is brought into vital union with Christ so that it is declared that he is in Christ. In the sight of God “old things” of the sinful nature are passed away. It only remains for those old things to be unwound, like Lazarus’ graveclothes, in his daily life. In the sight of God “all things” are become new though they make their appearance in the life of the believer as he grows in grace and knowledge. To deny that “all things” are become new is to deny the finished work of Christ whereby we are made accepted in the beloved.

12:11 “in glorying” is dropped. The Corinthians had compelled Paul to talk about his experiences with the Lord. He did not want to brag about his spirituality. He felt that he had become foolish in boasting or glorying. The change would have Paul saying, “I have made a fool of myself.” That is not what we are to understand.

GALATIANS

3:1 “that ye should not obey the truth” is omitted. The Galatians had been bewitched by the Jewish legalizers who had put them under the Law to keep saved. Paul tells them that in so doing they were not obeying the truth. The truth was that they were saved by grace and that all spiritual blessings were theirs in Christ. To turn from that is to be in error.

3:17 “in Christ” is dropped. Paul is talking about the covenant with Abraham through his seed which was Christ. The law was added later and did not affect the covenant of promise to those who would be saved by believing as Abraham did. God promised Abraham that through his seed (singular) all the families of the earth would be blessed. That was a covenant confirmed before of God “in Christ.”

4:7 “an heir of God through Christ” is changed to “an heir through God.” The inheritance is to the children of God through the mediatorship of Christ. We are not heirs of God through God, but through Christ. The change here is intended to destroy the reliance upon the Lord Jesus Christ who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

EPHESIANS

1:1 “at Ephesus” is left out. It is hard to conceive that the Spirit of God addressed an epistle and then lost the address.

3:9 “by Jesus Christ” is removed. It is a Bible doctrine that all things were created by Jesus Christ and without him was not anything made that was made. This change detracts from the Deity of Christ which is made evident by the fact that ALL THINGS were created by Him.

5:30 “of his flesh, and of his bones” is left out. The Bible teaching is that the believer is vitally conjoined to Christ for a new life and walk in the Spirit. We are “quickened together with Christ,” “raised up together,” and “seated together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” God likens this to the marriage relationship where two people become one flesh.

6:10 “my brethren” is dropped. These words make it very clear that Paul’s instructions concerning Christian living are for Christians who by the new birth have become Paul’s “brethren.” There is a great danger that unsaved people might get the impression that by imitating the things that Christians do they can become Christians.

PHILIPPIANS

4:13 “Christ” is changed to “him.” It is precious to the believer to know that Christ will give him strength for spiritual living. Christ himself said, “without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). The word “him” is quite indefinite and can be misconstrued by Modernists to include the “him” of any religious group believing in a Supreme Being.

COLOSSIANS

1:2 “and the Lord Jesus Christ” is omitted. Along with the Father he is the source of grace and peace.

1:14 “through his blood” is left out. Redemption and forgiveness of sins is through the direct agency of his shed blood. Many Modernists today can work around the words “redemption” and “forgiveness of sins,” but they cannot work around the shed blood. Therefore they must deny it and be in direct opposition to it.

2:11 “of the sins” is removed. What is left to work with brings the NIV to translate “In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of your sinful nature.” It is an established Bible doctrine that by the circumcision of our heart which the Lord made, we are able to overcome the sins of our flesh. But the putting off of our sinful nature will not take place until we are changed in the Rapture. Errors like this can only occur as the group of translators persist in following the MINORITY Text.

2:18 “those things which he has not seen” is made to read “those things which he has seen.” Men were vainly attempting to worship angels as emanations from God in a step-ladder effort to reach God. Paul exhorted them to hold fast to the Head (our God-man Christ Jesus) who proceeded forth and came from God (himself being of the Trinity) that he might bring us to God. Paul says they DID NOT see them, heretics say THEY HAVE.

1 THESSALONIANS

1:1 “from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” is dropped. Are we to think that grace and peace is bestowed by Paul? No, that is not within his power. They have their source in the Father and the Son.

5:27 “holy” is dropped from before “brethren.” Paul had other brethren according to the flesh who were not saved (Rom. 9:1-3; 10:1). These were sanctified and preserved brethren and they were “holy” because they were accepted in the beloved.

1 TIMOTHY

3:3 “not greedy of filthy lucre” is omitted. The phrase has to do with obtaining earthly gain through disgraceful means. This happens everyday within professing Christendom. It is inspired of God and belongs in the text.

3:16 “God was manifest” is changed to “He was manifest.” The reference is to Christ manifest in the flesh, etc. The MAJORITY Text tells us that this Christ was God. There are 252 copies of Paul’s Epistles which have “God” and only 2 copies which have “he.” The MINORITY Text leaves us in doubt as to who “he” is. The doctrine of the Deity of Christ is greatly harmed here by the corrupt text.

4:12 “in spirit” is left out. To be an example of the believer it is necessary to have a spiritual man guided by the indwelling Holy Spirit.

4:16 “if any man” is omitted. It is unthinkable that the head of the house should be removed here from the responsibility to provide for widows.

6:5 “from such withdraw thyself” is dropped. The Bible doctrine of separation is affected by this corruption. We are to withdraw from teachers who are destitute of the truth.

6:19 “eternal life” is changed to “that which is truly life.” The first talks about the length of life, the second talks about the quality of life. You cannot have the first without being saved. You can have the second but still be lost, depending on what you think is “truly life.”

2 TIMOTHY

1:11 “of the Gentiles” is omitted. That Paul was appointed to teach the gospel to the Gentiles is indisputable (see Gal. 2:7-9).

2:15 “study to shew thyself approved” this is replaced by the Catholic works based ideas “do your best” and does not even make sense of the context. Very few pastors actually “study” today and this may be a reason why.

HEBREWS

1:3 “When he had by himself purged our sins” is changed to “when he had made purification of sins.” The omission of the word “our” leaves us to wonder whose sins were purged, his own or others. It is not plain and therefore the substitutionary atonement of Christ is affected by the change. With the words “by himself” the Holy Spirit wanted us to see that the atonement for our sins was accomplished by Christ alone. The damage to this verse is awesome in its’ consequences.

3:1 “Christ” is omitted. Our High Priest must be anointed of God to that office and the word Christ means the Messiah or Anointed one of God.

10:34 “in heaven” is left out. Those who had lost all their earthly goods certainly had no enduring substance here, but in heaven was their treasure and reward.

JAMES

2:20 “faith without works is dead” has been changed to “faith without works is useless.” There is a great difference between dead faith and useless (or idle) faith. The first indicates that no faith exists and the person is lost. The second implies that faith exists but it is not being used. Again we see humanism and the false idea of a little divinity in each one which only needs to be fanned into a flame. The change promotes false doctrine.

4:4 “ye adulterers” is dropped from the text. No reason to excuse the men from the scathing denunciation of God’s Word.

4:14 “It is even a vapour” is changed to “Ye are just a vapour.” In describing the length of our life, God tells us it will pass quickly like a vapour. The change would have US OURSELVES to exist as a little steam. There is a leaning here toward annihilationism.

5:16 “Confess your faults” becomes “confess your sins.” In a context where God talks about sin in relationship to sickness, he moves on to talk about faults (a side-slip or deviation). The change “faults” to “sins” leads to the priesthood and the confession box which is contrary to all of Scripture.

1 PETER

1:22 “through the Spirit” is removed. The Bible teaches that it is through the agency of the Holy Spirit that men are brought to believe in Christ. In John 16:8,9 he convicts the world (all men) and draws them to faith in Christ.

1:23 “for ever” is dropped and thereby the preservation of the Word of God is called into question. The agency here of the new birth is the Word of God, which is eternal. Our new birth therefore is as eternal as the Word which originated it.

2:2 The phrase “unto salvation” is added by Westcott and Hort to “that ye may grow thereby.” This puts a question mark over the certainty of our present salvation. It makes salvation a process rather than an accomplished fact. The doctrine of eternal security is denied by the new exhortation to grow UNTO SALVATION.

3:18 “suffered for sins” is changed to “died for sins.” The context has Christians suffering for well doing and they are exhorted to keep on because Christ also has suffered for us. It is a Bible teaching that Christ not only died for our sins, but that he suffered for our sins (see Isaiah 53:5-7).

3:18 “quickened by the Spirit” is changed to “quickened in the spirit.” The correct rendering attributes the resurrection of Christ to the Holy Spirit. This completes the truth that all three persons of the Trinity were involved in the resurrection of Christ (see John 2:19; Rom. 8:11).

4:1 “for us” is left out. Christ suffered for us, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.

5:2 “taking the oversight thereof” is omitted. To watch over the flock of God with authority is a clear teaching of the Word.

5:12 “wherein ye stand” is changed to “wherein stand.” By the removal of the word “ye” there is a change from our standing in grace to an exhortation to stay there standing. The blessing of a perfected standing in grace is thereby removed.

2 PETER

2:17 The words “for ever” are dropped. Peter, in the word concerning false teachers, states that their darkness is to last forever. The change leaves us with no definite word as to their end.

2:18 “those that were clean escaped” is changed to “those that are scarcely escaping.” The change from past tense to present tense moves us from a completed salvation to a hope-so salvation. Those who are saved are in possession of eternal life (see John 5:24).

2:20 “the Lord and Saviour” becomes “our Lord and Saviour.” The false teachers had escaped some of the world’s worst sins by following the teachings of “the Lord” but they had never come to know him as “our Lord” is known to real Christians. They were not saved and then lost, but never saved at all.

3:2 “us the apostles” is changed to “your apostles.” The Church is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets (Eph. 2:20) and there are no apostles and prophets today nor is there any such thing as an apostolic succession. The phrase “your apostles” indicates that the people he was writing to had special apostles designated for them and lends support to the continuance of a so-called “Apostolic Succession.”

1 JOHN

1:7 “Christ” is dropped. This word brings the cleansing blood into relationship with our great anointed High Priest who ever liveth to make intercession for us. Many cults believe that Jesus (as man) died for the original sin of Adam and that Christ (as a spirit) rose without the body. John would have us know that the one who died and the one who arose are the same.

3:5 “our” is removed from before “sins.” Once again the question of whose sins were taken away is raised. There have been sins committed by angels and men. The “our sins” refers the atonement to those of men. (see my comments under Hebrews 1;3).

3:14 “his brother” is removed. The teaching of the Word is that a true Christian will love his brother in Christ. If a man does not love a true Christian, then it is evident that he is still lost and abides in death. The test of spiritual life is not that we love, but that we love the brethren (see John 13:34,35).

4:19 “We love him” is changed to “We love.” The object of God’s love is us, and the object of our love is him. Christians are not just people who love, but people who love God because of his grace. The very next verse deals with the professor who says he loves God but is a liar. Lost people may love, but saved people love God.

5:7 The whole verse bearing testimony to the Triune God is discarded. There are at least 20 Greek manuscripts which have this verse in. It is also seen in the writings of the church fathers and lectionaries from 200AD and has a historical linage all the way through to 1500AD. It directly affects the Bible doctrine of the Trinity.

REVELATION

5:10 “kings and priests” is changed to “a kingdom of priests.” The 24 elders are representative of all the redeemed who in Christ are constituted kings and priests. A kingdom of priests smells of Nicolaitanism (the rule of the clergy over the laity) and the priesthood for a select few as in the Roman Catholic Church. (The same change is seen in 1:6)

8:13 “an angel” is changed to “an eagle.” This is most amusing and shows how captive the Revisers are to their corrupt text. In a setting replete with angels we are told about a talking eagle who pronounces three more “Woes” to the inhabiters of the earth.

14:5 “before the throne of God” is dropped. This phrase speaks of the perfect standing that the saved have in Christ. They are without fault before God because they are, like the church, “accepted in the beloved” (Eph. 1:6).

20:9 “from God” is dropped. At the end of the Kingdom Age the enemies of God are destroyed by fire “from God out of heaven.” God is the one who will destroy all enemies and create a new heaven and a new earth.

20:12 “before God” is changed to “before the throne.” The dead will be raised, not to stand before an impersonal throne, but to stand before “the God” [literal]. Many would like to change the personal God into some kind of Divine Mind or Supreme Being.

CONCLUSION

All that has gone before makes it very clear that Christian Doctrine is greatly affected by the changes. The MINORITY Text is the source of these changes and the New Modern Versions usually follow that Text. It is unthinkable that men of God would continue to advocate the use of these versions when they are in complete possession of all the facts. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to guide us into “all truth.” May he be allowed to have his way in our hearts. If you have read this book and are of the same persuasion as the author, I would exhort you to give copies to your Christian friends. It is very important that they understand the issue confronting the Church today. If great numbers of Christian people let their voices be heard for the retention of God’s Word, as given to us in the Traditional Text, there will be a restoration of the same in the pulpits and in the Christian schools of our land. [Way of Life Literature, 1701 Harns Rd., Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Phone–(360) 675-8311]

Chosen by God: a look at the doctrine of pre-destination in the light of God’s Word

This helpful and encouraging article was taken from the “Journal of Biblical Accuracy” website: http://www.jba.gr/chosen-by-God.htm

The question of predestination vs. free will is a long standing one in the body of Christ. There are many that say that God has already chosen those that would be saved and it is those and nobody else that will be saved. Subsequently and according to this view whether somebody will be saved or not it is not so much a question of somebody else speaking the Word to him and him subsequently believing this Word. Though he definitely needs to do this, he can essentially do it only because God has “predestined” him for this, has “chosen” him. Had God not “predestined” him, had God not “chosen” him – in the meaning of chosen him over somebody else that was not chosen – then he would not be saved. It is thus ultimately up to God who is going to be saved and whom He, as per this view, has “predestined”, pre-choose to be saved. Those that God has chosen to save will be saved but those whom He has not chosen (which actually then means: those He has rejected for salvation) will not be saved. This is definitely a very convenient doctrine as it shifts the responsibility of salvation to God, meaning that He, as per this view”, has already chosen those that will be saved. So if you don’t feel like speaking the Word to others … not much of a problem. God knew it, and did not arrange for somebody that was to be saved to come your way. After all whoever is to be saved will be saved no matter what… it is all up to God. It is my personal opinion that as much as convenient this doctrine may be, it is also a very wrong and dangerous doctrine. I also believe that it is this doctrine that is responsible, at least partially, for the passivity of many people concerning speaking the Word: people do not really feel responsible for speaking the gospel as ultimately, and according to this view, whoever is to be saved will be saved. I strongly disagree with this position. I believe that according to the Bible, God gave His Son for ALL men, which then means His choice for salvation is: everybody. In turn this means that the view that God chose to save some, over some others cannot be correct.

Salvation: God’s choice for everybody.

To see what is the desire of God concerning salvation let’s start with I Timothy 2:4. There we read:

1 Timothy 2:4
“God our Savior .. who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Whom does God want to be saved? What is His will about salvation? What is that that He wants, desires? As the passage tells us, He desires, wills all men to be saved! “All men” means ALL. He did not choose some people over some others and then gave His Son for them only. Instead He gave His Son for all people, for everybody on the face of this earth and He desires that everybody on the face of this earth is saved! This is His declared will, desire, want, choice. Here is what verses 5 and 6 of the same epistle tell us:

1 Timothy 2:5-6
“For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom FOR ALL, to be testified in due time.”

For how many did Jesus Christ gave himself as a ransom? Not for some but for ALL, brother and sister. Jesus Christ paid the price for everybody and He did it with the purpose that everybody can taste salvation. If He then did this, wouldn’t be entirely contradictory to say that God has actually chosen only some of these all for whom He gave His Son, which then essentially means that He did not choose (i.e. therefore rejected) the remaining? Imagine that you went to a prison and you loved all the prisoners so much that you paid the highest possible price – for God that price was His Son – to make them free. How many would you want to see free? I guess ALL. Now imagine that some chose to stay in the prison. What would you feel? Wouldn’t you be very sorrowful and sad about this? You paid the highest price for them! You want them out! I would be very sad if they choose to stay in and so I believe is God. He gave His Son, He paid the highest possible price for everybody and guess what: He wants everybody to take advantage of what He made available. He wants everybody to be free “from the power of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13).

Here is what the famous John 3:16 passage, which is so frequently being quoted, tells us:

John 3:16-18
“For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that THE WORLD through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

God loved the WORLD (using our example with the prisoners: He loved ALL the prisoners, not just some) and for the whole world, for EVERYBODY, He gave His Son. Why? “SO THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED.” When God gave His Son He was not targeting at just a part of the world but at the whole world! He did not want to free some prisoners but ALL the prisoners. Salvation is God’s choice for everybody, because it was for everybody that He paid the respective price. There is no man on the face of the earth for whom God has made a choice that he is lost.

What does the Word mean when it speaks about chosen ones?

To be chosen means that somebody chose you i.e. you are his choice. As we read in the past pages it is the declared will of God that all men be saved and for this purpose God paid with the life of His Son. Now if God wants all men to be saved, this means that it is God’s choice for all men to be saved. In turn, if this is God’s choice, God’s will for everybody what then does this make everybody in regards to salvation? CHOSEN. In other words when the Word of God refers to us as elect and chosen, in no way it means chosen in relation to some others that allegedly are not chosen. ALL are chosen for salvation, as this is the choice, what God wills, for every man (though obviously not all will take up His offer). Instead what the Word means by calling us chosen is chosen for salvation. Salvation is God’s choice, His will, for every man and therefore, in regards to salvation, all men are chosen by Him. However not all will accept this offer and the result is that they will be lost. But they are not lost because God did not choose them for salvation but because they chose to reject what was God’s choice for them. In the same way, we too we were not saved because God chose us over some others that were allegedly not chosen. Instead we were saved because we chose to accept what was the choice of God for us and every man. Salvation is a question of believing. It is a question of people choosing God and not a question of God choosing them. As far as God is concerned, there is no question: He chose ALL men for salvation and to this end He gave His Son. See again these passages from the Scripture:

Acts 10:43
“whoever believes in him shall receive remission of sins.”

Romans 9:33, 10:11
“whoever believes on him shall not be ashamed.“

I John 5:1
“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.”

John 11:26
“whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.”

John 3:16
“whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 12:46-48
“whoever believes on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and does not believe, I do not judge him: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”

See all these “whoever” in these passages. WHOEVER, regardless of who he is – that’s what “whoever” means – is going to be saved or not to be saved based on whether he believed or not. If he will believe he will get saved, as it is God’s choice, God’s will for him. But if he chooses not to believe then he will not be saved. This in no way is God’s choice, God’s will for him, but it will happen based on the choice this man made. It is as simple as that.

To summarize: there are two kind of choosing. One kind of choosing refers to choosing one person over another person. In other words: I chose you instead of another person. In that sense, and according to the doctrine of election, God chose us and rejected others. He predestined for salvation us, the Christians, but not the others. The others were not chosen, according to this view. Can this view be correct? No, because, as per the other passages of the Scripture that we read, God desires, it is His choice, that everybody gets saved and for exactly that purpose i.e. the salvation of everybody He gave His Son. Therefore the choosing and predestination that are mentioned in Ephesians 1:3-7 – “he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself..” – do not have the meaning of us being chosen over some others that are allegedly not chosen, but of us being chosen for salvation. The same choice – salvation – God made for everybody else too, when He gave His Son. Like the prisoners of our example: everybody was chosen to experience freedom. Am I justified therefore to speak to those ex-prisoners that took up my offer and say “you are chosen for freedom”, “I have predestined you for this” “You are my choice”? Yes I am absolutely justified to do this. However, given that this is also my choice for those that are still in the prison, when I say “chosen” I by no means mean that these are chosen over the others that rejected my offer. For them also it is my choice that they are free. God indeed has chosen us but He has not chosen us OVER some others. God does not pick and choose those that would be saved. If He would do this He would be a respecter of persons and He is NOT:

Acts 10:34
“God is not a respecter of persons.”

Instead God will be found by everybody that seeks Him. In fact, He is searching for people that seek Him so that He reveals Himself to them:

Psalms 14:2
“The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.”

and Deuteronomy 4:29
“If .. you shall seek the LORD your God, you shall find him, if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

When somebody seeks God, when he invites Him to reveal Himself to him and he real means it, God will, 100%, show up. He is the one that will draw him to Him. But this is not what God will do only for that person. It is instead something that He does for all that call on Him. God looks for people that seek Him and those that seek Him with all their heart will find Him. This is not something that happens sometimes for some people. Instead it is a LAW, dictated by God’s Word. When somebody invites God from his heart, God will 100% show up and draw him to Himself. It is in this sense that we need to understand the record of the gospel of John that says:

John 6:44
“No one come to me unless the Father that send me draws him.”

Many people take this passage and say “you see, it is all up to God. If God wants, He will draw that person to Him. If He does not want him, He will not draw him”. To interpret this passage in such a way makes God a respecter of persons and ignores that Jesus died for ALL, so that ALL might be saved. God does not pick and choose who to draw to Himself. Instead He will show up for everybody that seeks Him. It is a spiritual law that He dictated it. On that we will also say more in the next section.

Salvation: God’s responsibilities and our responsibilities.

God indeed has a role to play in salvation, the most important role. But we have our own responsibilities and God given roles too. 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 is very clear about our role in the reconciliation of men to God. As we read there:

“And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given TO US the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then WE are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray in Christ’s stead, be you reconciled to God. For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

By giving His Son, God reconciled the world to himself. In other words the door to God is now open. Using again the example with the prisoners, the doors of the prison are all open! But the prisoners are blind. They cannot see it. They are blinded by the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4), the devil, so that they do not see the salvation that is available for them. Thus somebody needs to tell the people: “The door to God is now open! Please be reconciled to God. Because he has made sin for us the one who knew no sin so that we will be made the righteousness of God in Him!” This, the telling, the introduction of the people to the Lord, is the ministry of reconciliation. And who has this ministry? The answer is very simple: WE. It is our responsibility to tell the people. It is us that are ambassadors for Christ. If you want something from a foreign country you have to call the embassy of that country, the representatives, the “ambassadors” of that country. For God the ambassadors are US. God opened the doors of the prison, He opened the door to Him. He reconciled the world to Himself by giving His Son. Now we, the once prisoners, the once blinded, we need to say to those that are still prisoners and still blinded “come to God, the door is open!”

More clarity on responsibilities is given in 1 Corinthians 3:5-6. As we read there:

“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”

See the turn. God has a role, the most important role to play. The role of giving the increase. But somebody has to throw the seed and somebody has to water. And this somebody is not God. It is us! It is the ministers, and this does not mean the clergy, but us, who have the ministry of reconciliation. The text does not say: “God planted, God watered, God gave the increase” There were people involved that had to do what God had called them to do. People that said “here is God, reconcile to Him” and as that person approached God, God met Him, drew him to Himself. There were also people, like Apollos, that watered the seed sown in the hearts of the people, opening the Word of God and sharing its truths with them. See also this “through whom” that I have marked in bold letters (“through whom you believed”). The means through whom these people believed were Paul and Apollos. They played their God given role – the role of the intermediate, the minister of reconciliation, the ambassador for Christ, the role of planting and watering. But imagine we say “here is God” and God does not show up. Then would that person meet Him? As much as he might want it, he would not meet Him. But God does do the drawing, does show up, does do His role. When therefore John says that nobody will come to the Father if the Father does not draw him to Himself it is absolutely true: if God does not show up, if God does not give the increase, you and I can plant and water as much as we want but nothing will happen. But God does show up, does do the drawing, does give the increase. The question is will we do our role, the ministry of reconciliation that is committed unto us, the planting and the watering, the “go into ALL the world and preach the gospel to EVERY creature” (Mark 16:15)? These are not acts of God but roles committed to us.

Conclusion.

To sum it up dear brother: the doctrine that God has chosen some people to save over some others that He allegedly has not chosen is a very convenient but also very false doctrine. God’s choice, will, is that everybody gets saved and comes to the knowledge of the truth. If this is God’s choice for everybody what is then everybody? Chosen! Now whether he will really get saved or not depends on whether he will believe. If he will believe he will be saved. However, if he will not believe, he will not be saved. Does God have a role to play in this? Yes, the most important one: After a person invites God in his heart to reveal Himself to him, God will show up and draw him to Himself. This is the drawing of the Father Jesus is speaking about. Whoever had God revealed to him knows what I’m speaking about. This revelation of God is not something that He decides precariously to do, but something that He is obliged to do and will do based on His Word. Whoever seeks Him from His heart will find Him says the Word. God will show up, 100%, when somebody really seeks Him.

Now turning to us, God has given to US the ministry of reconciliation, the ministry of sowing the Word and watering. He does the increase (the drawing to Him) but the sowing and watering, the introduction of the people to the Lord, the ministry of reconciliation is given to us. The doctrine according to which God has chosen only certain human beings for salvation, which then implies that He has chosen some others for sending them to hell is a very false doctrine and has put people into sleep as they believe God will save whoever He wants. This is not true. We have responsibilities brothers and sisters and speaking the Word, looking for opportunities to spread the Gospel, is something that is on us to do. Speak the Word, tell the prisoners “get out of the prison”. Whether they will get out or not it is their responsibility. But it is our responsibility to tell them. It is our responsibility to show them the Father. As far as the Father is concerned, He wants them with all His heart! He paid for them the same price He paid for us and He waits for them with the same open arms He waited for us.

Anastasios Kioulachoglou

What does the Word of God teach about grace vs works?

My notes based on the Word of God (please kindly compare back to your own prayerful readings of the Word):

God offers eternal life as a free gift, but only through faith in His Son Jesus, who bore our sins for us and who alone is perfectly righteous in the Father’s eyes. We can stand on Judgement Day only due to this faith in the Lord Jesus’ work for us on the Cross:

Isaiah 53:5
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, the Father’s “lamb of God”:

John 1:29
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

God provided for Himself a perfect, holy Lamb to take away our sins, similar to how He provided Abraham with a ram so Abraham didn’t have to sacrifice his own son Isaac in the Old Testament.

The following text is taken from “The Journal of Bible Accuracy” website, http://www.jba.gr/Grace-and-works.htm. I’ve included it here because it helped open the eyes of my understanding to how grace relates to works in salvation of someone’s soul. I was previously a little confused about this:

The word “grace” used in Bible is a translation of the Greek word “charis” . “Charis” means “free undeserved favor”. In the Bible, it means “God’s unmerited favor”. It is very important to have a correct understanding of the word “grace” as all too often people confuse grace with works. However, grace and works are entirely different things. Romans 4:4 tells us:

“Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.”

In this passage the word “gift” is the word “charis” in the Greek text, which as we have learned means grace. What this passage tells us is that when someone works for something, that which he receives back is a reward for his work. This reward therefore is not given to him by grace, as a gift, because he worked for it, and thus he deserves it. In the same way, when the Word of God says that something has been given to us by grace it means that it has been given to us as a gift, as something for which we didn’t qualify and for which we didn’t work. It is clear therefore that something either will be earned by works or will be given by grace. It cannot be both by works and by grace at the same time. Difficulties in understanding and accepting this fact have caused many Christians, instead of enjoying what they already have by grace and then utilize it to build their fellowship with God, to try to achieve by works what they already have.

Another passage which shows clearly that grace and works are entirely different things is Romans 11:6. There we read:

“And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were [i.e. by works], grace would no longer be grace.”

Once again, this passage explains to us what we have already seen: if something is gained by works then it could not be by grace since otherwise “grace would no longer be grace”!!! How clear and pure is the Word of God. Many of us when we go to the Word of God, we think that what we read has to mean something different than what is said! We need to understand that the Word of God means what it says and says what it means. It is our refusal to accept the Word of God that has produced all these strange ideas that gift means wage and grace means works. We go to the Word of God with the preconceived idea that we must do something to achieve a right position before God and when we see that the Word of God says that this right position has been granted to us by grace, through the accomplishments of the Lord Jesus Christ, on the condition of our faith, then we worry what is wrong with the Word. Rather, we should and must ask what is wrong with our preconceived ideas. When you go to the Word of God you must leave out any preconceived ideas you may have about it. You must go with the intention to fit your ideas to the Bible and not the Bible to your preconceived ideas. With regard to the topic of salvation and righteousness, and seeing the confusion that abounds about it, it is no wonder that God paid such special attention to tell us that when He says grace He means grace and not works!

Now does this mean that God does not want us to do good works? Of course not! In fact He has created us for good works and He has already prepared them for us (Ephesians 2:10). However, what I want to point out here is that we start as righteous and saved, and as we grow in our fellowship with the Lord, the works come as the fruit of that fellowship. These are not works that we have predetermined to do for God but works that “GOD has prepared” (Ephesians 2:10) for us. It is important to understand how you start. If you start doing good works in order to achieve a good position before God then you have missed the point. You will always end up with condemnation because you are trying to achieve righteousness by works, which is impossible. However, if you know that, because of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and your faith in Him, you start as righteous and saved and that all these were granted to you as gifts (by grace), when you believed, then you can go ahead and do the works that God has prepared for you. These works are then not the means of your relationship with God but the fruit of that relationship. And God does want us to bring forth much fruit for Him. As the Lord said in John 15:8:

“Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be my disciples.”

Ephesians 2:8-10 summarizes the relationship of grace and works very well:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Though we are not saved by works, we are created in Christ Jesus for good works, that God has prepared for us to walk in them. To say it differently, though works do not precede our salvation, they should definitely follow it! We, as professing Christians, are indeed expected to live and walk as Christians, doing what the Word of God says and walking in the good works that God has prepared for us.

To conclude therefore: salvation is by grace through faith. It is not of works! On the other hand the fact that we once believed is not the end. We should move ahead and seek to find and do what God has prepared for us, bringing forth fruit for our Lord. As He said “every tree is known by each own fruit” (Luke 6:44). James goes even further saying “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). The fruit of our life proves therefore whether our faith is a true living faith or a dead faith (just a confession made sometime, somewhere). To say it differently: are you saved? If yes, then walk as saved! Ephesians 5:8, 10-11 encourages us:

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light …. finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.”

Tassos Kioulachoglou